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Poster: dr. flashback Date: Mar 7, 2007 1:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: goodbye to the Greek

and boy, do they do it in style!
8/19/89 - with a hot first set, ending in Box of Rain.
Set Two blasts off with a eyeball-peeling China>Rider, then - Playin>Uncle John>Playin.
The last show ever at the good ol Greek.
If any of you 69-77 fans, or even you pre-coma fans, have wondered about 1989 - this is a good place to start.
Haven't done a top ten yet for 1989, but this one would most
definitely be on it !!!
Dr. Flashback :-)
PS - the Hinko SBD is the better sounding one.

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Poster: Bellski Date: Mar 7, 2007 4:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: goodbye to the Greek

greek run 81' fun fun, just don't let your date wear the same outfit as the he shes....missed the whole second set on saturday, but did hose down fish ranch soon after, damn fox tails.

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Poster: dr. flashback Date: Mar 7, 2007 6:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: goodbye to the Greek

okay, but do you have any intelligent non-ADD comments about the subject posted - 8/19/89 ?
Just curious.
Dr. Flashback

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Poster: Bellski Date: Mar 8, 2007 12:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: goodbye to the Greek

Dr. was working too too much and focus on that and the 'Macic Carpet Ride' at the time. No stream for me > dial-up

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Poster: deadhead66 Date: Mar 8, 2007 9:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: goodbye to the Greek

I travelled by bus for twenty-four hours straight from Portland, Oregon to make this one. Saw the first set from directly in front of Brent and Jerry. Sadly, their playing, and the band's, was largely uninspired throughout the first set.

Saw the second set -- a whole different ballgame -- from Phil's side, where I was repeatedly jostled by a burly, bearded guy who declared "I'm very territorial" as he trampled my feet in terpsichorean abandon. Turned out to be none other than John Meyer himself (or so he claimed; he was wearing a Meyer Sound T-shirt, and certainly was prepossessing), who hipped me to some of the finer details of the Greek's acoustics as they were complemented by the marvellously efficient Meyer PA. We got on well once he'd had his say.

The set intensified to a mind-bending aural and visual crescendo with "The Other One." Candace Brightman made Jan Sawka's scrims come alive with a furiously bright, swiftly oscillating light display that visually reinforced the band's screaming to the spheres in Eleusinian ecstasy. The depth, clarity, and sheer pressure of the sound was astonishing; the band's celerity of thought and sudden instantaneity of improvisation were staggering. The band and crowd surged as one more than once as this tumultuous and intensely gripping version unfolded. Definitely the most powerful moment I ever experienced at a Grateful Dead show (and I was sober). Though none of the recordings I've heard does this performance justice sonically, I still recommend the soundboard of the second set specifically because of the duration, construction, and intensity of this "Other One." Good Ol' Grateful Dead at its finest.

I managed to take a few photographs with my 35mm at the foot of the stage deep in the second set. I was shooting with fast film, so I didn't need a flash despite the deepening darkness. Anyone who's heard Sacramento 8/12/72 knows of Phil's distaste for flash photography ("Emancipate us from your flash bulbs"); I think he appreciated the restraint, as he leaned down and gave me a big thumbs-up before Jerry initiated a surprising, if somewhat pedestrian, "Foolish Heart" encore. (His generous gesture came out pretty well on film.) Also got a great shot of Phil plastering his Modulus bass face-first to the speaker cabinet to generate some stentorian feedback during the "Space → Other One" sequence. I haven't digitized these photographs, but I'm happy to share traditional analog prints with anyone who is seriously interested.

"The Other One" enlarged and deepened my conception of what the Dead could do live, and stands as a fond and vigorous farewell to the sweet mysteries of the Greek. It made the bruising day-long bus trip back to Portland worth it.

Best to all,

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Mar 7, 2007 9:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: goodbye to the Greek

agree with this gig doc. As a start, might as well throw those Alpine valley shows to get things going on your list